Have you heard of the “Push Present”? Apparently it’s also called a “Baby Bauble” – never heard of that one myself.
To me it conjures an image of a man holding a wrapped present, dangling it as the proverbial carrot at the end of the delivery bed. Shouting encouragements such as, “No pain, no gain!”.
This secretive movement is slowly seeping over from the USA and growing its roots within the mum-to-be population. It, for some women, is a diamond in the rough that the fear of labour brings, (they have made their sacrifice and will get their reward one way or another, goddammit!). For others, its a tacky fad that takes away from the true “Push Present”, which is your baby… plus the never ending slew of sleepless nights; pooey nappies and a lifetime of worry.
I have spent a lot of time pondering the notion. Probably a bit too much time to be honest. I’ve even sat and discussed it at length with women, between contractions, on labour suite. You’d be surprised how deep a conversation can get when one is dosed up on gas and air and a shot of pethidine!
One unfortunate side effect of this has been that I’ve introduced the “Push Present” to women, who then decided they must have one, much to their partners horror and disgust. Sorry to all you guys out there that ended up buying jewelry (or in one case a Mulberry bag) because of my intrigue. Ladies… you’re welcome.
There is a wiki page dedicated to the movement; also a list of recommendations, from wine and paté to Tiffany & Co; Bentley convertibles to a photo frame with the babies name on it. One classy lady moaned because all she got was a “Stinking “Thank You!” card”… there was much man bashing in that post, that I wouldn’t dare to repeat!
There are even a some men that are demanding “Push Presents”. For all the suffering they have gone through “living with you” for the last 9 months. Recommendations include: cars; tech; video games and, controversially, lingerie.
The overall consensus I’ve found from my ladies is, no one should need a “Push Present”, we all know are baby is the best gift in the world. Ultimately, you have pushed a screaming watermelon out of a hole the size of a lemon or undergone major surgery. If you can get away with it, then why the hell not!
Does it put pressure on your other mum-to-be friends and create competition between you? Are you getting or did you get a “Push Present”? What was it?
As for my “Baby Bauble”? That’s a secret 😉 I’ll tell you when I get it! I’m still campaigning for that world cruise…
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